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No. 1 Chesterton Gymnasts beat No. 2 Valpo

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When the State’s two best teams get together, the $6 ticket price seems like a bargain.

The top-ranked Chesterton Trojans turned in Indiana’s top score this season and beat No. 2 ranked Valparaiso 113.30-112.25 Thursday night in the CHS Fieldhouse.

“It’s not just beating Valpo who has been so unbeatable for so long, it’s that we bettered ourselves,” Chesterton coach Dawn Matthys said. “Every meet I just want them to go out and do better than they did the last time. Every team improves through the year. If we want to keep our ranking, we have to keep improving too.”

The Trojans started hot on the Vault as Jordan Bush (9.45) took top honors and teammate Sophie Hunzelman (9.4) finished second.

That led to the Chesterton’s nemesis, the Bars. But, this time the Trojans turned in a school record setting performance with a 28.775 team score.

Hunzelman (9.65), Bush (9.6) and Brittney Troup (9.525) broke the record set in 2007 by Kelly Freeman, Megan Erminger and Callie Kuehl.

“Brittney is always solid for us and when she stays on her feet on her dismount, Sophie and Jordan do too,” Matthys said. “They all always hit the bars set in practice. Each kid can go up there and hit four straight routines in practice. We just hadn’t done it in a meet. I don’t know if its nerves or what, but they’re inconsistent in meets.

“Today, they rocked bars.”

On the Beam, the Trojans went 1-2-3 with the trio of Hunzelman (9.6), Bush (9.55) and Lexi Avey (9.425).

“Our beam routines are really good,” Matthys said. “As long as they stay on the beam, the scores will be there. Alyssa (Donovan) hit her beam routine for the first time in a meet and that’s huge for us. Baylie Lawson set the whole Beam set up with a beautiful routine. Sophie and Jordan just topped it off.”

The finishing touches to the victory came on the Floor with Hunzelman (9.4) and Bush (9.35) finishing 2-3. Troup was fifth with a 9.275.

“We were excited to compete tonight,” Matthys said. “How could you not be? They’ve been told multiple times that they can do it and they finally believed it. The difference was that they were consistent. We’ve worked really hard on the details and they finally put the details in and nailed it.”

Chesterton returns to competition next Tuesday when they host Lake Central beginning at 6 p.m.

Chesterton 113.30, Valparaiso 112.25


Bars -- 1. Jenna Algozine (V), 9.70; 2. Sophie Hunzelman ©, 9.65; 3. Jordan Bush ©, 9.60; 4. Brittney Troup ©, 9.525; 5. Rachel Moneta (V), 9.425; 6. Whitney McKeon (V), 9.40.

Beam -- 1. Sophie Hunzelman ©, 9.60; 2. Jordan Bush ©, 9.55; 3. Lexi Avey ©, 9.425; 4. Rachel Moneta (V), 9.375; 5. (tie) Jenna Algozine (V) and Megan Wagenblast (V), 9.35.

Floor -- 1. Rachel Moneta (V), 9.65; 2. Sophie Hunzelman ©, 9.40; 3. Jordan Bush ©, 9.35; 4. Whitney McKeon (V), 9.30; 5. (tie) Brittney Troup © and Jenna Algozine (V), 9.275.

Vault -- 1. Jordan Bush ©, 9.45; 2. Sophie Hunzelman ©, 9.40; 3. Rachel Moneta (V), 9.20; 4. Whitney McKeon (V), 9.175; 5. Whitney Siewin ©, 9.075; 6. Lizzy Wilson (V), 9.05.

All-Around -- 1. Sophie Hunzelman ©, 38.05; 2. Jordan Bush ©, 37.95; 3. Rachel Moneta (V), 37.65; 4. Whitney McKeon (V), 36.775; 5. Lizzy Wilson (V), 36.125.

Junior Varsity

Chesterton 103.15,

Valparaiso 95.675

The Chesterton junior varsity beat Valparaiso 103.15-95.675 on Tursday night.

Event winners for the Trojans included Alyssa Donovan on Bars (8.75), Hailee Ellenwood on Beam (8.975), Caity Bogue on Floor (9.05) and Kirsten Wozniak on Vault (8.175).

Bogue on the All-Around (33.875) with Chesterton’s Jamie Stento finishing second (32.45).


Posted 2/1/2017




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